Friday, January 18, 2019

Jan. 17: The Human Flaw

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/15/trump-replacement-obama-climate-plan

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jan/18/australia-heatwave-sydneys-west-to-hit-45c-after-week-of-extreme-weather

Hey. Don't mean nuthin'. Happens all the time in them faraway places.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/16/china-has-some-of-worlds-most-advanced-weapon-systems-pentagon-warns

China - that was a nation in chaos for a couple of centuries - is now a world force in weapons development. In a very short time -  a few decades - it has become world class in weapons development. There are many lessons in this. But perhaps the most important one in the short term is that this world cannot possibly survive a war between its major powers.
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Frank McKenna is a former premier of New Brunswick who has been better known in recent years as a pitch man for a very, very far right wing propaganda house called the Bilderberg Group. In a recent conference he organized in Ottawa, he advocated the overthrow of democratic government in New Brunswick.

The theme was that politicians don't know how to run a province or a country. The only ones who know are the leaders of big business. He therefore called on business leaders who had left New Brunswick to return to the province, and take over the governing of it.

In other words, we need to put an end to democracy. Amazingly, the news media paid almost no attention to this advice though this is common thinking among business leaders.
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On a recent TV talk show in the U.S., the host advised Canada to follow Trump's lead and built a wall on the Canada/U.S. border.  Good thinking!

That would keep out American drug smugglers, gangsters, and TV hosts.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/01/pipeline-blockade-sign-deeper-troubles
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__http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/01/trudeau-bold-pipeline-investment-timid-when-it-comes-electric-cars__
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__https://www.globalresearch.ca/is-the-us-planning-to-wage-war-on-russia-and-china/566552

Of course the U.S. is planning for such a war. That's why ir has the biggest 'defence' budget in the world. And it's extremely unwise to do so because

1.The cost of this, coupled with the extreme greed of the U.S. ruling glass makes it impossible to provide essential services to the American people.

2, The U.S. is doing this at a time when U.S. power is fading while that of Russia and China is growing.

3. Existing weapons systems on both sides guarantee that such a war would be one of mutual destruction.

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https://theantimedia.com/french-police-semi-automatic-weapons-yellow-vests/
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Yesterday's crisis - and today's.

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/akkadian-empire-collapse-0011307
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https://thesaker.is/war-essay-the-consequences-of-nuclear-war-on-us-society/
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As I wrote all the above, I realized how the news has not changed in any important respect since 1945 - and perhaps many, many wars earlier. We have always had to live with powers whose primary motivation was greed, with a national worship of the brutality we inflict on others. And it has always been without regard for the consequences. Trump's abuse of migrants (and a similar abuse by Europeans) is just a milder form of Hitler's destruction of Jews - and one inflicted for the same reason. (it's the invention of someone to hate. it attracts voters who understand nothing - but who will respond to an invitation to hate.And that's as old as time.)

It's now late. And i have to think about the meaning of all this. So i shall pick this up on Friday morning with a blog that's admittedly a bit late - but which might have something useful in it.
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Damn! It's Friday morning. And there is an idea floating somewhere in my head.
Somewhere.

One thing is surely evident. Despite efforts by a (small) number of Christians, Christianity has been a failure almost from the start. And what remains of it is twisted and preverse. A U.S. which declares itself Christian has killed at least 30 million people since 1945.

In Korea, in Vietnam, in Afghanistan, in Syria, in much of Latin America, in Iraq, in some 70 plus countries around the world, Americans have killed on a massive scale (with help from Britain and others) Over half of the dead have been civilians. The killing of children has become a primary purpose of war.

In the U.S., the killers get massive support from Christians - especially those super evangelicals who are the major source of Trump support. (Their latest triumph has been at the Mexican border where children are taken from their parents, thousands of children, and locked in wire cages

Whatever the hype might be. the purpose of all the killing has been to increase profits for corporations.

All of this is remarkably similar to the behaviour of the oustanding Christians of the last, several centuries who killed and plundered for Spain and Portugal and Belgium and Britain and France. And when the killing was over, they sent missionaries in to teach them about the love of Jesus.

One of the nations that embarked on the same path was Germany. Hitler was proud to call himself a Christian (Catholic) and, like many Christians before him and after (like the British all over the world and like the US) used hatreds to draw people to his Christian paradise. In Hitler's case, the hatred was one of Jews. The British had contempt for all who were black or oriental, a hatred that justified the killing by guns or starvation of over 300 million people. In the case of Trump, it's hatred of Latin Americans and Muslims. (But our leaders flexible.They can switch hatreds in a flash.)

In short, Hitler's evils were not different from ours. We are the Naziis of our time. And it's a role that's been played by just about every empire that ever existed. (And, to stick my neck out a mile, Israeli treatment of Palestinians comes straight from Hitler's playbook.)

Will Christianity break the pattern of most religions? I see  no sign that it will.










Tuesday, January 15, 2019

An awful, awful day.

As American intervention in Venezuela comes closer, the western news media have generally - -  lied. The U.S. is not intervening to save democracy. The U.S. doesn't give a damn about democracy It long ago destroyed democracy in Guatemala. It did a number on Chile. One of its best friends is the world's most undemocratic country - Saudi Arabia.

But none of this is coming up in our commercial news media. No. Venezuela is evil. Venezuela is incompetent. To get honest and informed news, it's necessary to go to sites like the following. NACLA is an organization of scholars who focus on Latin America.

So what's the real story on Latin America? What is the U.S. up to?

The story goes back to 1900. That's when the U.S. began a long, long series of wars with Latin America. No. It wasn't to establish democracy. No. It wasn't to build up the Latin American economies. The wars were to put Latin American countries under the thumb of American billionaires and their corporations. (with Canadian billionaires and their corporations shyly joining in.)

The result was masses of low paying jobs in mines and agriculture, little education, no social services, lots of dictatorships. and utter misery for places like Cuba, Chile, Guatemala where, in the 1950s and 60s some 200,000 people were murdered to make American billionaires happy. Venezuela is next because it has lots and lots of oil. As well,  the U.S. is continuing it's old game of nailing down what it sees as its own empire whose colonies include all of Latin America - and Canada. That's why Canada's Trudeau is included in the game and is supporting the U.S. Canada is a colony of the American empire.

https://nacla.org/news/2018/05/19/venezuelan-crisis-selected-readings
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https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277719899_The_Big_Keep_Getting_Bigger_Too-Big-to-Fail_US_Banks_30_Years_Later
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/immediate-fossil-fuel-phaseout-could-arrest-climate-change-study

Not to worry. There is not the slightest possibility that our economic bosses will to anything drastic or even undrastic to deal with climate change.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/15/brazil-bolsonaro-signs-decree-easing-gun-restrictions

The new president of Brazil is a wet dream come true for American billionaires. He has made it quite clear he intends to destroy the Amazon rain forest with all the environmental disaster that will include. And built into that will be the destruction of the native peoples who live there. ( Hey. There's money in this.)

He has made it clear he has no interest whatever in things like social legislation or education. All that counts is making money for the already rich. Oh, and encouraging gun ownership for every home is good for us.
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http://gwynnedyer.com/2018/yemen-the-bigger-lie/
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/01/university-calgary-influenced-big-oil-2015-controversy-academic

Universities sell out to private business? You bet they do. With no public funding, it's very tempting to sell out. I've seen it in the form of faculty who write kiss-up books for the very rich, faculty who write propaganda for news media.... Early in my university teaching career, I was approached by an oil company to write a friendly book for it. Late in my career, I was approached by the very wealthy chairman of our board to be   president of the university. (I turned it down because I knew my job would be to serve the board which was made up of wealthy businessmen.)
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Though few Canadians realize it, Canada has a long, long and brutal history of racism. It has been aimed at African Canadians, orientals, Jews, Syrians, Italians, you name it. And it's now being revived by some politicians.

I grew up in a Montreal that also had racist values based on language and religion. (and that's not different from the kind based on colour.)

http://rabble.ca/news/2019/01/will-2019-be-year-white-backlash-canada
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https://www.thenation.com/article/ice-el-paso-refugees/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/15/world-bank-warns-of-storm-clouds-over-global-economy/

Don't worry. The wealthy won't suffer.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/15/a-prayer/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/15/refugees-are-in-the-english-channel-because-of-western-interventions-in-the-middle-east/
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Throughout history. Christian churches have been on the side of the most greedy and murderous governments. That's still true though, as the  traditional churches suffer decline, their place in the worship line for murderers and thieves has been filled  by evangelical churches.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50926.htm
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The British and French empires began their fall in 1939. The fall of the American empire dates to George Bush or earlier with his overdose of wars that made the U.S. hated by most of the world.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50916.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/01/15/news/insect-collapse-we-are-destroying-our-life-support-systems
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Here is a sample of the kind of thinking we are getting from the oil industry and from the many, many politicians it controls. Think of that. These are the people planning a world we cannot escape for our ourselves and our children. These are people so obsessed with money and profit  they refuse to prepare for a quite horrible future for all humanity.

The people of New Brunswick might think of that as they watch their government stepping up oil production to please the billionaire irving family that takes everything and gives nothing.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/02/26/news/canadas-top-oilpatch-lobbyist-says-its-irresponsible-plan-oil-free-world

People like this are the ones who get to meet (and pay off) our politicians.
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For centuries, the wealthy of Britain built vast fortunes on their empire while the bulk of the population lived in filth and hunger. It really hasn't changed since then. Now, they face a beating as a result of brexit. But don't worry. The wealthy won't go hungry.

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/britain-army-donating-rations-hungry-food-waste/

We're all heading for a big blowup as the wealthy increasingly use up the greater part of our national wealth. Others? They can starve, live in filth and hopelessness, flee (or die) in our wars. Nobody in power gives a damn.

And that's why we are heading for disaster - soon.
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Israel is pushing the limits, looking for a larger war or series of wars in the middle east. It openly threatens Iran and Syria. Israel has a nuclear arsenal. Connect the dots.

https://theantimedia.com/israel-arming-syrian-rebels-golan-heights/
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Hey. If you can't trust  your oil executives, who can you trust?

https://theantimedia.com/my-news/191914/
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Despite years of promises, capitalism has not 'spread the wealth'. Indeed, the power of capitalists to hide their money from taxation and to buy politicians has made us relatively poorer. And nothing is happening to change that. It's quite possible (likely) that we are heading for a crash on a world scale.

Even with the crash, we have spent over two centuries creating a wealthy class beyond anything in history, and one with an indifference to the suffering it causes. It has also led us into the the most destructive wars this world has ever seen and to massive suffering, wars that were planned by and benefitted capitalists while causing horror for  the rest of us.

Capitalism has not worked except for a very tiny number. And it is now pushing us into our final world of climate change.

If there's a happy ending then it's been kept the greatest secret in history.
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In a world of wealthy nut cases, John Bolton is a standout. He wants a war with Iran. This would continue the line of disasters begun by Bush with his attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq. Such a war would also draw in a nuclear-armed Israel - and perhaps set us all up for the final war.

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/15/john-bolton-wants-to-bomb-iran-and-he-may-get-what-he-wants/
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Is the competition of capitalism healthy for a society? No. it's not, and it never has been.

https://thesaker.is/war-essay-the-consequences-of-nuclear-war-on-us-society/
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it's been a long and tiring day for  this old man. And it's been frightening to watch the constant and brainless drift to planet disaster. Our political leaders, just about all of them, work to serve the pure greed of their economic masters. The suffering in this world is monstrous - and we help to set the pace for it.

We are, for the most part, without a trace of religious values of any sort. Our monied class is incapable of going beyond its hidden wealth where it gathers interest as millions starve.

It's depressing to write about what a cruel and brainless society we have become.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jan. 12: The tipping point?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/11/united-states-doesnt-even-make-top-20-global-democracy-index

Physician, heal thyself. (This is the country that supports dictatorships - like Guatemala, Saudi Arabia - all over the world.)
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/12/us-news-headlines-israel-palestine-show-systemic-bias-study
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If the following is true, it is very bad news for the American economy and for its world status. For some years, the U.S. has been using trade sanctions against disobedient nations. If they no longer work, the U.S. has lost a major weapon in spanking the rest of the world. Worse, it increases the odds of the U.S. turning to more violent responses.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50917.htm
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And more of the same.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50916.htm
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It's suprising that most of our news media hasn't noticed the following study. After all, The Smithsonian is pretty respectable in just about all circles.

 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50920.htm
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Premier Doug Ford of Ontario is Canada's Donald Trump.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/01/11/news/ontario-courts-urged-remind-doug-ford-canadians-dont-elect-dictatorships
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/warming-oceans-food-and-hunger/
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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-10/californias-monarch-butterfly-population-collapses-86-one-year

Saving the buttterflies could be more important for North America than building a wall on the Mexican border.
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https://theantimedia.com/france-ban-all-protests-crackdown-yellow-vests/

The French government sounds tough - but it's quite likely too late. We should have a better idea in a week or so.
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I think we can expect thought control very soon.

https://theantimedia.com/newsguard-war-alternative-media/
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Today was rather a slow day for news - so I'll take time to talk about a point I was making in the last blog - it's about the U.S. threats to Venezuela.

The line in most of the commercial news media is that Venezuela is in trouble because the Venezuelan governments handling of it's economic crisis has  only made matters worse. Besides, the government is undemocratic - and, we are told, the U.S. is opposed to undemocratic governments.

There's some truth to some of that. There's also lots of hypocrisy in that since U.S. politicians and capitalists just love undemocratic governments. Think of Guatemala where the U.S. murdered a couple of hundred thousand civilians and set up a dictatorship. Think of its destruction of an elected government in Haiti (with Canadian help). And that's something that has been repeated across much of Central America - and Chile. The closest buddy of the U.S. overseas is the very, very undemocratic Saudi Arabia. The reality is that American governments and capitalists in general have a long record of being hostile to democratic governments.

Then there's the issue of President Maduro's handling of  Venezuela's economic crisis. The western press has made a major point out of that. I even saw a report  ranting about how the Venezuela government is socialist and, therefore, evil and possibly even insane.

Maybe so. But I note that Venzuela's economic problems began when the U.S.(illegally) interfered with the Venezuela economy. It imposed trade restrictions on Venezuela that were designed to destroy its economy.

(Those trade restrictions did destroy the economy for Venezuelans. However, we should remember where those restrictions came from. We might also question why the U.S. has the right to impose such restrictions on anybody. By any definition, this is surely an act of war - and an illegal one. Venezuela did not in any way threaten anyone, and certainly did not threaten the U.S.)

So now, the U.S., surrounded by a halo of virtue has, in effect, declared war on Venezuela - a war for which it has no legal justifiction. (But what the hell...the U.S. has done that to some 90 countries - that's the latest figure - since 1945. And those illegal wars - none of them ever approved by Congress - are what have murdered some 30 million men, women and children around the world.)

Canada, bursting with virtue, has leaped to the American side. But it probably won't join the American,  illegal war - except, perhaps, as virtuous peacekeepers when the shooting is over.

The U.S. has attacked at least  90 countries this way since 1945. And it is a system designed to benefit not the American people - no - it's to benefit American capitalists - who make damn sure that the fortunes they make from this never reach the pockets of the American people.

Among the many countries suffering from the U.S.embargos  are Russia, Iran and, possibly, China. But U.S. luck may be running out. The American dollar is running out of steam. Russia and Iran, in particular, have economies that are thriving despite U.S. embargos because they no longer rely on the dollar as  the U.S. does.

The American target in Venezuela is to destroy Venezuelan control of its own country and its economy. But that's not how are news media will report it. No. The report will be that the U.S. is bringing democracy and hope to the people of  Venezuela.

But that is not what all this is about. And that is not what capitalism is about.

And, count on it, the Canadian government and Canadian capitalists will be there for a piece of the plunder.



       


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jan. 10: Somewhere over the rainbow....

In this story,  note, among other things, the pictures of 'homes'

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/garden-hill-first-nations-drinking-water-1.4907864

We wouldn't dream of making our wealthy live in these conditions. Nor would we dream of making the wealthy pay taxes so that most Canadians could live better lives.

Tell me all about the joys of capitalism. Tell me how we are all so lucky as to have billionaires running our governments.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-epa-wheeler-lobbyist-1.4971717
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I hesitated before including the following story. I hesitated because it did not say who had caused the following situation. As it is, it could mean to readers that the government of Venezuela caused this - and that would support the approaching U.S. invasion of Venezuela. In fact, there are childen like this all over Central America - and their suffering has a lot to do with international corporations.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2019/jan/10/caracas-street-children-venezuela-in-pictures
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-geo-engineering-a-must-to-stop-temperature-rise

The great problem of democracy is that the issues are great and demanding - but the public incapable of keeping up with them, and the news media - well - not as reliable and informative as they should be. And, in fairness, the mass and complexity of what we need to know  surpasses the general capacity of following events.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/01/political-climate-heating
_________________________________________________________________University administrations - and some university professors - have long been in bed with major corporations, acting as PR agents rather than as scholars.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/01/university-calgary-influenced-big-oil-2015-controversy-academic
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https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-government-shutdown-contractors-low-wage-housing-food-stamps/
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How many people know that Bolsanaro of Brazil and Netanyahu of  Israel are buddies?

https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/10/when-bolsonaro-and-netanyahu-are-brothers-why-brazil-should-shun-the-israeli-model/

It's hard to imagine anyone who cares less for Judaic principles than Netanyahu -  unless it's Bolsanaro.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50895.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50899.htm
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The language of this item is extreme - but it's true enough. The only reservation I have is its suggestion this is new. We humans have always behaved this way. Think Columbus. Think the U.S. slaughter of its native peoples. Think the behaviour of every empire in history.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50901.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50902.htm

footnote -  It's true, as this article says, that what Russia Times prints is usually truthful - more so than most news media. The catch is that it altogether avoids reporting on stories that make Russia look bad. It tells the truth. But not the whole truth.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/01/10/news/youre-liar-indigenous-people-voice-anger-trudeau-town-hall-bc
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For almost 20 years, I lived in a province in which the local billionaire was poisoning the land, the animals and the people with chemicals. When the doctor who was the province's health chief attacked this, she was fired. So the billionaire is still poisoning the land and the people - and the people are still voting for the billionaire's political patsy.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/09/the-stomach-churning-violence-of-the-agrochemical-oligopoly/
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How big will this become? There's no telling.

https://theantimedia.com/france-ban-all-protests-crackdown-yellow-vests/
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There is a major war brewing - and happening - against journalistic criticism of our news media - the kind of criticism aimed at sources like facebook. It was just weeks ago that the warning shots came from the owners of facebook that they were closing down the site to news media they didn't approve of. (and this was reported and applauded by all the newspapers of New Brunswick - among other places - which are all owned by the same billionaire.) Watch for increasing pressure on what we are allowed to read.

https://theantimedia.com/newsguard-war-alternative-media/
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https://truthout.org/articles/as-trump-orders-us-out-of-afghanistan-notorious-cia-backed-units-will-remain/

We are back in 1939, creating the same catstrophe but on a much larger scale.
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https://truthout.org/articles/as-trump-orders-us-out-of-afghanistan-notorious-cia-backed-units-will-remain/
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When Hitler used child soldiers in 1944-45, it was digusting. But when Saudi Arabia does it  (with U.S. money) our news media are largely silent. The world is all in a huffy tiz becamse the Saudia prince murdered a Saudi reporter. But it doesn't care that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are slaughtering civilians in Yemen with weapons and money supplied by the west.

https://truthout.org/articles/saudi-use-of-child-soldiers-in-yemen-us-tax-dollars-help-pay-for-it/
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https://thesaker.is/american-foreign-policy-aka-thy-will-be-done/
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In 1918, we ended the war to end all wars. Then we did it again in 1945. Since then, we  have constantly been at war to end all wars. But it's not happening. And it's not going to happen. Wars, as usual, are fought for the pure greed - gluttony - of our class of the very wealthy. We are so accustomed to that that we give no thought to the reality that we are starving and destroying societies all over the world. We kill children by the millions.

We have, of course, always done that. In modern times that's, what capitalism has been all about. Though our news media never told us, that's what world wars one and two were really about. That's what Korea and Vietnam and the middle east and Afghanistan have been about, and the mass murder in Central American countries like Guatemala.. That's what the massive use of torture is about.

And where will this take us?

In the short term, this will take us to the economic and social collapse of the U.S. but with a rather tricky stage on the way when capitalists decide whether the U.S. should be for nuclear war before it's too late.

There has been almost no international effort to deal with this. The UN went into the scrap  heap in just a few years after its founding.  Here, in North America - as in Europe - we are really governed by billionaires who have no social values at all, who understand only greed. The result of this, since 1945, has been intense suffering even in the rich countries as billionaires bleed all nations including their own for private profit.

"Theyr'll  be love and laughter and peace ever after" sang Vera Lynn. But it hasn't happened, and there is no sign it's going to.

The only people who can stop that are----us. But we haven't shown much interest in that. Have we?

We need much more practical politicians with far, far more effective proposals. As it is, we have Liberals and Conservatives who aren't even decorative, much less having any sense of what is needed. We need a general public that is far, far better informed. This is a process we should have begun in 1918. We now have very little time to wake up.


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Late Supplement to the news.

Canada has just joined its American master to cut off relations with Venezuela.  It will support the U.S. invasion of that country to make American oil billionaires happy - and at least one Canadian one.

The question now is will Canada be so obedient as to join the pending invasion?
Quite possible so - though Trudeau might show an uncommon burst of intelligence. A likely possibility is that he will avoid criticism by declining to take part in the invasion - but will kiss up to the U.S. by entering after the fighting as a 'peacekeeping' force.

It's always hard to decide whether to be a bully or a wimp.

Is Canada likely to break relations with Guatemala because it's government was created by the U.S. who did it my murdering opponents of U.S. rule?

No. The Canadian government prefers kissing the American ass rather than kicking it.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Jan. 08: A bad, bad day.

Naughty, naughty. When the war ended in 1945, the American decision was that the U.S. would rule the world. It had no need for a European Union.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/08/trump-administration-downgrades-european-union-status
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I include the following as a sample of fake news.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/venezuela-zerpa-us-1.4968724

Note the paragraph - "A once-wealthy oil nation, Venezuela is in the throes of a historic crisis after two decades of socialist rule. Millions have fled, while runaway inflation leaves those remaining behind struggling to afford scarce food and medicine."

This paragraph is one of opinion, not of fact. For example, it blames Venezuela for its own collapse when, in fact, it was created and organized by the U.S. It gives the impression that millions have fled because of the government when, in fact, they have been forced to flee by the interference of the U.S.

Oh, and the cause of all the trouble is 'socialist rule''. Yeah - gotta watch them there socialists. Maybe. But in this case, socialism had nothing to do with it. It was greed - and contempt for human life.

The CBC is usually very professional. But this one reads more like The Washington Post.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/07/global-warming-of-oceans-equivalent-to-an-atomic-bomb-per-second
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/01/2019-canada-can-act-courage-global-affairs

But it won't. Canada is a colony of the American empire. Our big business likes it that way - just as it once liked us to serve the British empire. Here's the reality.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/10/foreign-policy-failure-dogs-justin-trudeau-canada-continues-submitting-us
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The British, who saw nothing wrong in inflicting themselves on much of the world, are, like Americans, all   yuckie poo about helping the people they have placed in danger.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/commentisfree/2019/jan/06/press-refugees-migrants-newspapers-broadcasters
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2019/01/dry-corridor-links-between-climate-change-and-migration-central

Climate change is hitting the U.S., too. And, as it hits, guess where Americans will want to move. We need a wall. That's what we need.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/activist-communiqu%C3%A9/2019/01/actions-across-globe-planned-solidarity-wetsuweten-clans

Remember all the wonderful things Canada was going to do for its native peoples?
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Long ago when the world was young I was fascinated by think tanks - organizations of great minds getting down and studying what was right and what was wrong with our world. They had prestige from the start, and news media routinely reported on their findings with suitable awe of the great minds.

But I soon learned these were lying propagandists, financed by big money to lie, Very, very few have either integrity or brains. That includes Fraser Institute, Atlantic Institute of Market Studies - almost all of them. And their commentaries routinely appear in most of our news media just as if they were honest.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/01/prominent-funder-right-wing-groups-helps-bankroll-new-think
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I can't help noticing that in both Canada and the U.S. it's our native peoples who are standing up to the oil companies. The rest of our population is amazingly passive considering what is being done to it.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/07/canada-indigenous-anti-pipeline-protesters
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As we stand around with our faces hanging out....

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/08/trumps-disregard-climate-threat-seen-us-carbon-emissions-surged-2018
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/08/bases-bases-everywhere-except-in-the-pentagons-report/_________________________________________________

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50886.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50883.htm
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Take a deep breath.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50878.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50873.htm
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Very true...

http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2018/889-veneration-of-power-leading-to-climate-catastrophe.html
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Who are the terrorists? We are.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/07/war-criminals-at-large/
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The oil industry has no intention of reducing oil production. Not ever.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/bp-just-discovered-a-billion-barrels-of-oil-in-gulf-of-mexico.html

You trust the judgement of the oil industry? Then you're a damn fool.
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https://theantimedia.com/something-bad-palestinians-gaza/

And what does this have to do with the principles of Judaism?
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https://geopoliticsalert.com/amlo-mexico-venezuela

Will Canada support the American attack on a  tiny nation it has impoverished? You can be sure that all the gutless wonders in the Liberal and Conservative parties will be on the side of the U.S. It's even possible  that Canada is being slated for a role in restoring 'democracy' to Venezuela - perhaps as a 'peacekeeping force' as it did in Haiti.
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Remember all those stories about those evil Cubans and Russians for causing brain injuries to U.S. diplomats? I wonder if this will get the same coverage in our commercial news media.

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/nbc-and-msnbc-blamed-russia-for-using-sophisticated-microwaves-to-cause-brain-injuries-in-u-s-diplomats-in-cuba-the-culprits-were-likely-crickets/
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Hey! If  you can't believe the U.S. Department of Defense who can you believe? Right?  And this is on the issue of the torture of prisoners - and the U.S. Department of Defense is probably the world's biggest torturer.

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/yemen-prison-torture-uae-dod/
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It is quite possible, even likely, that U.S. hostility to Venezuela is part of a much greater plan to humble all of Central America as part of the American empire. It is possible, very possible, that the U.S. will pressure Canada to play a role. It is certain that, if asked, the Liberals and Conservatives would agree.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204656.html
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Don't make any plans.

https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/MAGAZINE-pacific-depths-likely-to-keep-warming-for-centuries-even-if-we-decarbonize-now-1.6809721
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Not a  happy day in the news.

As always, religions are completely irrelevant in the behaviour of almost any country. There is nothing even remotely Christian about Canada and the U.S.
Muhammad was, of course, a warrior. But if there is any difference between the brutalities of Christians and Muslims, I have not seen it. The major effect of religion in war seems to be to generate hatred between the sides.

Democracy? Get real. Until the late nineteenth century, we didn't have the education to be democracies. And the development of the mass news media? That just provided a means for spreading lies and propaganda. To this day, most westerners believe that we went to war in 1939 because Hitler was evil. In fact, that's not why we went to war. Indeed. Hitler had considerable support, especially among the upper classes of the west until 1939 - and even after.

In Canada, our native peoples are challenging the pipeline builders. The rest of us are just sitting there letting it all  happen.

We rush into legislation to throw billions at billionaires. The population of the province of New Brunswick is now rushing to encourage the oil industry in that province. I don't know whether that comes from ignorance or gutlessness. But it is there.  Our governments, for the most part, are owned by the wealthy - and they feed the wealthy. But there is little attention to needs for public services. The U.S., the richest country in the world, has piles of money to throw at weapons makers -  But can't pay almost half its population a living wage or an essential like medical care.

Since 1935,  the U.S. has invaded over 70 countries, and killed some 30 million people. So much for the promises of 1945.

The rulers of our society are people like John Bolton, a man whose greed has no room for reality - or morality.

Will we destroy our planet? Of course we will. Our people are horribly ill-informed and squashily submissive. Our religious leaders have tucked up their skirts so as not to be tainted with reality.

Our leadership, our real leadership, is made up of people for whom greed is the only emotion.

This is not a situation that we can survive.

Nobody has forced us into these wars. Nobody has forced us to serve the greedy (and not very intelligent). Nobody has forced us to be sheep.

Yes. It is depressing. That's what happens when  you write a blog about the greed and stupidity of this world.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Jan. 5: The bottomless pit....

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/torrance-california-bowling-alley-shooting-1.4967245

Wow! The killers must have been them there migrant women and children from Central America. I mean, Americans never shoot each other.
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For the last couple of days, I've been trying to figure what Trump's withdrawal from Syria tells us - about Trump.

He comes across as what he surely is - a man obsessed with a desire to be noticed,  to be admired, even to be loved. One can see that in virtually all public appearances by him.

His policies on immigration have little to do with reality, and everything to do with the common attitude of Americans (and others) to anyone who is different. Is this a real hatred he has? Or is it simply a policy of convenience for getting votes? It's almost certainly  the latter.

He has fallen naturally into the groove occupied by presidents since 1945. The U.S. (meaning American billionaires) must rule the world. Yes, this is the age of the American empire, the greatest empire in history, and the only one to rule the whole world. This is widely accepted in the U.S. as the will of God. To that purpose, the U.S. has been almost constantly at war since 1945, with an imperial score of some 30 million dead.

Alas! The number of dead far exceeds the number of conquests. The U.S. has been good at killing, but rather weak on conquering. One thinks here of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, perhaps Iraq. One thinks, too, of the rise of its rivals - Russia and China.

But every president, going back to Truman, has been obsessed with conquest, with war, with mass murder - and all for the benefit of the very wealthy who have also benefited as living standards for the American general public have been lowered to send more wealth into the pockets of the very, very rich.

Until Syria.

Trump is backing off Syria. Why? His official statement is that the U.S. entered the civil war in that country to save it from a rebellion. And that's a lie. The U.S. entered that war to assist the rebels.It was part of the U.S. menu for conquest of the whole middle east. And now it's off. The U.S. is backing off.

Why? This makes sense for the world. It does not make sense for U.S. billionaires, the people, (including himself), Trump is dedicated to serving. It's an intelligent move. It makes eminent sense. The U.S., after all, has no legal right to be in Syria. But U.S. foreign policy hasn't made sense in the 70 plus years since World War Two.

Nor does it signal any significant change in American aggression which is picking up in relation to Russia, China and Latin America.

For reasons not clear we are witnessing intelligent behaviour by the U.S. (Thus the anger of Republicans and of more than  a few Democrats.)

But why are we witnessing this common sense? This is what has had this blogger puzzled for several days. Does this have something to do with a deal with Russia? Did Trump suddenly realize the tremendous risk of world war he was running? And is this the beginning of the end of the American world empire?

I think I have the answer. And it's much lower down on this blog.
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But perhaps John Bolton will save the American world empire.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/05/syria-john-bolton-trump-us-chemical-weapons

(The U.S. never uses chemical weapons, of course, -  except in Vietnam and other,foreign places.)
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“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


These words appear on the Statue of Liberty. Of course, what it really meant was "send me your cheap labour". And  now, it doesn't apply at all to those Central Americans whose economies and livings have been destroyed by American and Canadian capitalists.

And this is what Trump has made a big issue to inflict hardship on the U.S. But don't worry. I'm sure the billionaires like Trump won't miss a meal.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/05/donald-trump-government-shutdown-democrats-wall
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First, we make countries unlivable. Then, when desperate people flee them, we call them evil,  and send them back.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/04/france-steps-up-efforts-prevent-channel-crossings
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The U.S. and it's imperial patsies like Canada cooperated to destroy the Venezuela economy. They're now working on destroying the Venezuela government so the country can be run by God-fearing American capitalists.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/04/nicolas-maduro-venezuela-rebuke-foreign-ministers-lima-group
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Yes. We are being robbed blind. And this is just one example of thousands of the very wealthy who hide their money.

Enjoy paying university fees?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/03/google-tax-haven-bermuda-netherlands
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2019/01/dry-corridor-links-between-climate-change-and-migration-central
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As an elementary school teacher, I taught children who lived in poverty. As a child, I was one of  them. I know well what it means to be hungry, to live in shabby clothes. How come we can't do better for them? We do a lot better in helping billionaires to avoid taxes.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/change-gonna-come/2019/01/re-instating-basic-income-ontario-would-help-raise-children
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/04/call-me-radical-ocasio-cortez-suggests-70-tax-rate-ultra-rich-help-pay-green-new

As this world faces the greatest  climate crisis it has ever known, most of the world helps the rich to avoid paying a cent to deal with it. Do you seriously think we can allow that?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/04/bolsonaro-unveils-mass-privatization-plan-brazil-while-slashing-taxes-rich-and-wages

Bolsonaro has the enthusiastic support of wealthy Americans.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/border-patrol-refugees-guatemala-cia-war-crimes/

Relax. I'm sure Justin Trudeau will speak out for decent behaviour. -or something.... maybe....

Canada is silent. Canadians are accomplices.
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Another complication for the Syria file?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50879.htm
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VERY long. And with much uncomfortable truth.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50873.htm
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/05/faint-signs-of-hope-in-syria-and-afghanistan/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/04/yet-another-of-americas-runaway-bacteria-is-getting-rampant-in-europe/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/03/why-frances-yellow-vest-protests-have-been-ignored-by-the-resistance-in-the-u-s/

We like to kid ourselves that we can made change without violence. I wish that were true. But it's extremely rare.

When I lived in New Brunswick, there was a huge demonstration against fracking for oil. The crowd was largely peaceable. The police weren't. They clubbed and arrested people from the crowd. Police snipers armed with rifles formed a wall ahead of them.

(Later, when the police discovered a few, very few, guns and knives among the crowd, the premier shrieked that it was an armed camp. (So very different from those nice police.)

The reality of our society is that violence is largely available to the billionaires, but much less so to the rest of us.
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https://greedmedia.com/bolsonaro-unveils-mass-privatization-plan-for-brazil-while-slashing-taxes-for-rich-and-wages-for-poor/

Gee - just like American presidents, Canadian prime ministers, and capitalists all over the world.
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This, perhaps, makes Trump's sudden reversal on Syria more understandable.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204433.html
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And here's another even more dramatic possibility.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204453.html
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Our 'good, democracy loving friends' in Ukraine.

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/ukraine-designates-national-holiday-to-commemorate-nazi-collaborator-1.6787201
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Jan. 3: Still quiet -but this could well be our decisive year.

Some good news for a change.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/north-atlantic-right-whales-canadian-waters
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/03/jamal-khashoggi-suspects-appear-before-saudi-court

We will pass lightly over the fact that the Saudi prince who almost certainly ordered the killing is not being arrested. No. Let's take a look at the whole picture.

The world is in high moral dudgeon that a Saudi journalist was murdered (probably) by his own government. Okay. So why is it that nobody gives much of a damn that the U.S. has murdered thousands of children in Yemen?

Talk about selective indignation.....
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/03/trump-applauds-brazils-new-fascist-president-bolsonaro-wastes-no-time-attacking
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/01/it-was-christmas-all-year-gop-succeeded-making-2018-yet-another-year-rich-got-richer

This is going to be destructive over much of the world - and very soon. The greed of the rich will destroy economies (including the profits of the rich).
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The continuing destruction of all we said we fought for - and that so many died for - in World War 2.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/01/unesco-says-its-only-wish-2019-world-peace-us-and-israel-officially-ditch-un-body
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Americans have Christian values. Jesus was big on tear gas.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/02/cruel-and-inhumane-trump-border-patrol-hits-women-children-and-journalists-mexico
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2019/01/dry-corridor-links-between-climate-change-and-migration-central
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/01/saudi-arabias-request-netflix-censors-commentary-war-crimes-and-mass-starvation
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/03/10-worst-case-climate-predictions-if-we-dont-keep-global-temperatures-under-1-5-degrees-celsius/

The reality of the last 30 years and more is that our wealthy have not the slightest intention of taking any action that would limit their profits. And we have done very little to challenge that. We now have only a few years to get serious.
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The real Netanyahu of Israel; the man our western news media will never reveal to us.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/03/early-elections-who-will-dethrone-the-king-of-israel/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50865.htm
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In the view of Christian churches, God has always been on our side. So when both sides are Christian, God is on both sides.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50868.htm
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Betcha didn't hear or see this story in your local news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50856.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50864.htm
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/03/why-frances-yellow-vest-protests-have-been-ignored-by-the-resistance-in-the-u-s/
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The Guardian has been perhaps the best commercial newspaper there ever was. It still is far superior to most.  But, oh, it  has become inconsistent.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/02/the-guardians-reputation-in-tatters-after-forger-revealed-to-have-co-authored-assange-smear/
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https://theantimedia.com/reporter-quits-nbc/
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I don't quite know what to make of this following analysis. If true, it could be very good news. On the other hand, it's hard to get past the image of Trump as a severely self-absorbed, childish, frivolous, and socially disabled man.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204453.html

Still, how else to explain his ending of interference in Syria? This is a reversal of every president since Clinton - and it's a sensible reversal. (It also deeply offends some powerful people - with dangerous consequences for Trump.)

But repeating the policies of Bush and Obama could lead to destruction of all  civilization on earth.
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And then, if the above is true, there's this very opposite behaviour.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204400.html
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And then there's this one.

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/trump-stuns-with-lies-rambles-and-nonsensical-rants-in-bizarre-cabinet-meeting-1.6806826
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It's very hard to see where we're going. Since 1945, we have abandoned all we said we were fighting for. Instead we went back many, many centuries to the world of at least several thousand years ago - a world of self-benefiting power for a few, and abuse for the rest. Capitalism fit very smoothly into that pattern, the same pattern that had shaped empires and mass  murder and mass poverty in the days of the Roman empire and all the empires before it. We fell into rule by a small class of people that we and they have regarded as being superior to us, to be be showered in   wealth and power.

It has never worked in the past. It's not working now. But now we are forcing this in a much, much smaller world. (China was a long way from Rome. But now it's next door.)

We have recreated a world of Empires - particularly the U.S. empire, but also the beginnings of Chinese and Russian empires - and the shabby one we used to call the British Empire. Given the weapons of today, we can no longer survive such empires.

This year might be the turning point.

Or, we may already have passed it.